»In der EU wird zu viel in Gasprojekte investiert«

Global Energy Monitor (GEM), 3.2.2020 (engl. Originalfassung)

GEM’s survey finds that €117 billion in new EU gas projects is in development, including €52 billion for gas pipelines, €12 billion for LNG import terminals, and €53 billion for gas-fired power stations.

If all this infrastructure were built, the spending would average €12 billion euros per year over the 2020s—about 50% higher than the total fossil fuel investments expected in the International Energy Agency’s Sustainable Development scenario (IEA 2019), highlighting how this level of investment is not consistent with sharply cutting EU greenhouse gas emissions.

Companiesʼ plans to expand the EU’s gas infrastruct-ure stand in striking contrast to EU requirements to cut greenhouse emissions to at least 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, as well as the goal—backed by the EU Parliament and the European Commission, with the support of all Member States except Poland—to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Once built, gas infrastructure can be expected to last for decades. Historically, power plants usually last at least 30 years, pipelines 40 years, and LNG import terminals more than 40 years.

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